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1. Abbr. av. or avdp. Avoirdupois weight.
2. Informal Weight or heaviness, especially of a person.

[Middle English avoir de pois, commodities sold by weight, alteration of Old French aveir de peis, goods of weight : aveir, avoir, to have (from Latin habēre; see able) + de, of (from Latin , from; see de-) + peis, pois, weight (from Vulgar Latin *pēsum, from Latin pēnsum, past participle of pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˌævədəˈpɔɪz; ˌævwɑːdjuːˈpwɑː) or

avoirdupois weight

(Units) a system of weights used in many English-speaking countries. It is based on the pound, which contains 16 ounces or 7000 grains. 100 pounds (US) or 112 pounds (Brit) is equal to 1 hundredweight and 20 hundredweights equals 1 ton. Abbreviation: avdp or avoir
[C14: from Old French aver de peis goods of weight]


(ˌæv ər dəˈpɔɪz)

2. Informal. bodily weight; heaviness: excess avoirdupois.
[1250–1300; Middle English avoir de pois literally, property of weight < Old French, =avoir (< Latin habēre to have) + de (< Latin ) + pois (< Latin pēnsum) weight]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avoirdupois - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)avoirdupois - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
system of weights, weight - a system of units used to express the weight of something
avoirdupois unit - any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
2.avoirdupois - excess bodily weightavoirdupois - excess bodily weight; "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"
bodily property - an attribute of the body
adiposeness, adiposity, fattiness - having the property of containing fat; "he recommended exercise to reduce my adiposity"
abdominousness, paunchiness - the bodily property of a protruding belly
greasiness, oiliness, oleaginousness - consisting of or covered with oil
corpulency, fleshiness, obesity - more than average fatness
steatopygia - an extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks


Informal. The state or quality of being physically heavy:


nAvoirdupois nt; (hum: = excess weight) → Fülligkeit f, → Üppigkeit f; there’s been an increase in her avoirdupois (hum)sie ist ziemlich in die Breite gegangen
References in classic literature ?
Janet is a dear soul and very nicelooking; tall, but not over-tall; stoutish, yet with a certain restraint of outline suggestive of a thrifty soul who is not going to be overlavish even in the matter of avoirdupois.
One, from the avoirdupois system, has our familiar 7,000-grain pound.
Of course, like with any bountiful buffet, one has to have some restraint, or even with sushi and the like one's avoirdupois can increase rapidly.
Shedd took an unabashedly guilt-based approach, confronting overweight readers with statements such as 'When God first dreamed you into creation, there weren't one hundred pounds of excess avoirdupois hanging around your belt" and "We fatties are the only people on earth who can weigh our sins.
During the Middle Ages it seems we measured grain in bushels and a bushel, when full of wheat, was reckoned to weigh 64 tower pounds or 56 avoirdupois pounds.